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Also known as Costanera Sur Ecological Reserve, this inner-city nature reserve claims 865 acres of land along the Rio de la Plata riverbank, which runs through Puerto Madero. Some of the land has been reclaimed, but isn't totally watertight, hence the l…"
"The beaches are sandy and the promenade has the feeling of the old and elegant Med, but Arrecife is a mish mash of sun bleached and peeling, aging quality. This small town has both very good and very poor restaurants and tacky tourist stands as well as e…"
"1000 species of cactus have been collected and displayed here, a veritable spiky smorgasbord of green fleshy rods and lobes, decorated with their strangely moist and plastic looking flowers. They go well, both as far as growing conditions and visually, a…"
The Colombian islands of Providencia and Santa Catalina, part of the UNESCO Seaflower Biosphere Reserve, lie within the San Andrés archipelago. The islands, situated roughly 125 miles off the Nicaraguan coast, provide a base for exploring over 40 sites o…"
Home to grizzly bears, buffalos, bisons, elks and wolves, Yellowstone spreads its grasslands, forests and dramatic volcanic lakes and mountains across Montana, Idaho and Wyoming. Apart from the wildlife, Yellowstone’s star attractions are ‘O…"
The Mursi are cattle herders, instantly recognisable by the clay plates adorned by their women. Mursi people live in the River Omo Valley of southwestern Ethiopia and share the region with over ten other cultures, each with a distinct language and set o…"
The Monte-Carlo International Fireworks Festival is a free event that takes place over several evenings every July and August. Since 1966, countries from across the world have competed to put on the best fireworks display. Over several evenings selecte…"
Ophelia is a painting by John Everett Millais, completed in 1852. It depicts the character from Shakespeare's play Hamlet singing while floating in a river just before her death by drowning, as described in the play in a famous speech by Hamlet's mother …"
The Scrovegni Chapel, or Cappella degli Scrovegni, also known as the Arena Chapel is a church in Padua, Veneto, Italy. It contains a fresco cycle by Giotto, completed about 1305, that is one of the most important masterpieces of Western art. The church w…"
Rodin produced three life-size versions of the sculpture. The embracing subjects are Francesca da Rimini and her husband's brother Paolo Malatesta, the adulterous lovers from Dante's Inferno, depicted before their murder by Francesca's furious husband. …"
Las Dos Fridas, now hanging in the Instituto Nacional de Bellas Artes in Mexico City, was painted by Frida Kahlo in 1939. It shows the juxtaposition of the two sides of her personality; the traditional, very Mexican self and a physically stronger, more c…"
Burial of St. Lucy is a painting by the Italian artist Caravaggio. It is located in the Museo Bellomo of Syracuse, Sicily. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Burial_of_St._Lucy_%28Caravaggio%29"
The Great Wave off Kanagawa (Kanagawa Oki Nami Ura) is a famous woodblock printing by Hokusai. It was published in 1832 (Edo Period) as the first in Hokusai's series 36 Views of Mount Fuji and is the artist's most famous work. It depicts an enormous wave…"
The Madonna of Chancellor Rolin is an oil painting by the Early Netherlandish master Jan van Eyck, dating from around 1435. It is on display in the Musee du Louvre, Paris. The work was commissioned by the energetic Nicolas Rolin (chancellor of the Duchy…"
Hopper's aim was "the most exact transcription possible of my most intimate impressions of nature" in this case, the loneliness of an American country road. Gas, painted in 1940, is on display at the Museum of Modern Art in New York."
The Dance is Henri Matisse's painting which has been defined by art historians as "a key point of his career and in the development of modern painting". It reflects Matisse's incipient fascination with primitive art: the intense warm colors against the c…"
The Garden of Earthly Delights is the center panel of a triptych by Dutch painter Hieronymus Bosch. Painted around 1504, The Garden of Earthly Delights is perhaps his best-known work. It depicts the Creation of Earth and the infiltration of sin into mank…"
Highly critical comments directed at Edouard Manet's painting Incident in a Bullfight, which he had entered in the Salon of 1864, prompted him to cut the painting apart...The Dead Toreador in the National Gallery of Art would have made up most of the low…"
The Last Supper (Italian: Il Cenacolo or L'Ultima Cena) is a 15th century mural painting in Milan created by Leonardo da Vinci for his patron Duke Ludovico Sforza and his duchess, Beatrice d'Este. It represents the scene of The Last Supper from the final…"
"James Abbott McNeill Whistler (July 11, 1834 – July 17, 1903) was an American-born, British-based painter and etcher. Averse to sentimentality in painting, he was a leading proponent of the credo "art for art's sake"...In 1878 Whistler sued the critic Jo…"
Giorgione (c. 1477-1510) is the familiar name of Giorgio Barbarelli da Castelfranco, was an Italian painter, one of the seminal artists of the High Renaissance in Venice...The Tempest has been called the first landscape in the history of Western painting…"
The Kiss (original Der Kuss) was painted by Gustav Klimt, and is probably his most famous work. It depicts a couple shrouded in gold and symbols sharing a kiss against a bland background. This piece, painted in 1908, is on display at the Austrian Galler…"
Watteau's inspiration for this piece is the mournful character of Gilles, or Pierrot in French, from the Italian improvisational Commedia Dell'Arte. Painted circa 1718-1719, Gilles is an great example of Watteau's Rococo style, which was expressed throu…"
Degas spent an enormous amount of time at the Paris Opera in the 1870's, watching and sketching. His favourite subjects were the dancers in the corps de Ballet, a theme he depicted with many variations. The Dance Class, an oil painted on canvas between…"
Monet painted this famous series, the best known of his works, after his eyes had begun to deteriorate and it was his greatest focus towards the end of his life. The largest collection of Nympheas, also known as Water Lilies, is at the Musee de L'Oranger…"
Floralis Generica, a huge steel and aluminium sculpture, was created by Argentine architect Eduardo Catalano and donated to the city of Buenos Aires in 2002 . Located in the United Nations Park next to Recoleta and behind the Mueso de Bellas Artes, the …"
On of Goya's 14 'black paintings', the Dog on The Leash was a fresco that was transferred to canvas. It was painted between 1820-23, on the wall in one of the rooms of the Quinta del Sordo (the House of the Deaf Man). The fresco was one in a series of da…"
The Burial of the Count of Orgaz is widely considered to be El Greco's best-known work. It illustrates a popular local legend.... http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Burial_of_the_Count_of_Orgaz This piece remains in the chapel of Santo Tome."
The Adoration of the Magi is an early painting by Leonardo da Vinci. Leonardo was given the commission by the Augustinian monks of San Donato a Scopeto in Florence, but departed for Milan the following year, leaving the painting unfinished. It has been i…"
Scream (Skrik, 1893) is a seminal series of expressionist paintings by Norwegian artist Edvard Munch. It is said by some to symbolize the human species overwhelmed by an attack of existential angst... http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Scream …"
The Girl with a Pearl Earring (Dutch: Het meisje met de parel) is one of Dutch painter Johannes Vermeer's masterworks and as the name implies, uses a pearl earring for a focal point. The painting is currently housed at The Mauritshuis in The Hague. It is…"
The Ecstasy of St. Theresa (alternatively St. Teresa in Ecstasy or Transverberation of St. Teresa) is the central marble group of a sculpture complex designed and completed by Gian Lorenzo Bernini for the Cornaro Chapel of Santa Maria della Vittoria in R…"
Rain, Steam, and Speed - The Great Western Railway is an oil painting by the 19th century British painter J. M. W. Turner. This painting was first exhibited at the Royal Academy in 1844, though it may have been painted earlier. The date is significant be…"
Apollo and Daphne is a baroque, life-sized marble sculpture by Italian Gian Lorenzo Bernini, housed in the Galleria Borghese in Rome. It was inspired by one of the stories included in Ovid's Metamorphoses. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Apollo_and_Dap…"
Madonna is a famous painting by the Norwegian expressionist Edvard Munch. Munch painted five versions of the Madonna between 1894 and 1895, using oils on canvas...One version belongs to the Munch Museum of Oslo. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Madonn…"
La Porte de l'Enfer (translated The Gates of Hell) is a monumental sculptural group work by French artist Auguste Rodin that depicts a scene from "The Inferno", the first section of The Divine Comedy by Dante Alighieri...The sculptural ensemble was commi…"
Las Meninas (also known as The Maids of Honour), painted in 1656, is a work by the Spanish painter Diego Velazquez. It is one of the most famous paintings in the world, and is in the Museo del Prado in Madrid. Luca Giordano said of Las Meninas that it wa…"
Liberty Leading the People (La Liberte guidant le peuple) is a painting by Eugene Delacroix commemorating the Paris Revolt of 1830 in the centre of Paris...Liberty leads the people forward over the bodies of the fallen, holding the tricolore flag of the …"
The Portrait of Pope Innocent X is a famous portrait by the Spanish painter Diego Velazquez, which he finished during a trip to Italy around 1650. Many artists and art critics consider it the finest portrait ever created. It is housed in the Galleria Dor…"
Warhol was inspired to create this tribute to Marilyn Monroe on the occasion of her suicide. The image reproduced by Warhol was taken from a publicity still by photographer Gene Korman, shot for the 1953 film 'Niagara'. "
The Third of May 1808: The Execution of the Defenders of Madrid is an 1814 oil painting by the Spanish painter Francisco Goya. It depicts a scene from the Spanish war of liberation when many innocent citizens were shot by Napoleon's troops the morning fo…"
Nighthawks (1942) is a painting by Edward Hopper that portrays people sitting in a downtown diner late at night. It is not only Hopper's most famous painting, but one of the most recognizable in American art. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nighthawks Nig…"
This early work by Eugène Delacroix, painted circa 1824, now hangs in the Louvre, Paris. "
The Baptism of Christ is a painting by the Italian Renaissance master Piero della Francesca, finished around 1448-1450. It is housed in the National Gallery, London. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Baptism_of_Christ_%28Piero_della_F…"
Portrait of Adele Bloch-Bauer I is a painting by Gustav Klimt completed in 1907. According to press reports it was sold for US$135 million to Ronald Lauder for his Neue Galerie in New York City in June 2006, which would make it at that time the most expe…"
Mona Lisa, or La Gioconda (La Joconde), is a 16th century oil painting on a poplar panel by Leonardo Da Vinci. It is arguably the most famous painting in the world, and few other works of art have been subject to as much scrutiny, study, mythologizing an…"
Moreau's main focus was the illustration of biblical and mythological figures. As a painter of literary ideas rather than visual images, he appealed to the imaginations of some Symbolist writers and artists, who saw him as a precursor to their movement. …"
(Impression, soleil levant) is a painting by Claude Monet, for which the Impressionist movement was named. Dated 1872, but probably created in 1873, its subject is the harbour of Le Havre in France, using very loose brush strokes that suggest rather than…"
The Hay Wain is an oil on canvas painting by John Constable. It was finished in 1821 and shows a hay wain near Flatford Mill on the River Stour at Flatford, Suffolk.The Hay Wain is revered today as one of the greatest British paintings, but when it was o…"
The View of Delft is a painting finished around 1660-1661 by the Dutch painter Johannes Vermeer. It is housed in the Mauritshuis of The Hague...The View of Delft is chronologically the last painting by Vermeer that was executed in rich, full pigmentation…"
American Gothic is a painting by Grant Wood, from 1930. Portraying a pitchfork-holding farmer and his daughter in front of a house of Carpenter Gothic style, it is one of the most familiar images in 20th century American art. Wood wanted to depict the t…"
The Luncheon on the Grass (Le dejeuner sur l'herbe), originally titled The Bath (Le Bain), is an oil on canvas painting by Edouard Manet. Painted between 1862 and 1863 it measures 208 by 264.5 centimetres (81.9 x 104.5 in). The juxtaposition of a female …"
"The Karen people make up the largest of the South East Asian hill tribes and are spread throughout Thailand and Myanmar (Burma). The large size of their population has helped the Karen stick together and maintain their traditional culture. Karens practi…"
"The S.S. Yongala is an amazing wreck, home to an incredible variety of aquatic life. Surface conditions can be rough and the current is often strong, but the marine life is teeming, with over 1,500 species of fish alone living off these waters. In the …"